Originally published July 17, 2019 on The Shotokan Times.

Wisdom does not emerge with age. It emerges with experience. Although, Kellan Lyman is only 28 years old, she has practiced Shotokan now for more then 20 years. The training has had a huge effect on her as she sa...

July 9, 2019

In the current world of Youtube, Facebook, Instragram, Twitter, etc., nearly everything is obtainable nearly instantly. And that includes Karate as a subject. Want to know something about Karate? Look it up on the internet somewhere or other. Most likely what you are w...

June 6, 2019

It is very interesting to notice the several similarities and duplicates within Shotokan kata. Whether found in a relatively easier kata and/or in a more advanced kata, upon close examination, similarities are to be found. When looked at from this perspective, the natu...

May 10, 2019

Does this sound familiar?

“I just got back from a major tournament. I won 1st place in Kata.
However, I only got 2nd place in Kumite. Therefore, I know that I have
to train much more and devote much more time to develop my Kumite, so
I that can win 1st place in Kumite...

February 8, 2019

Karate and boxing may indeed seem to have a lot in common, and in this day and age, it is inevitable that the layman will be making comparisons between the two. Upon closer examination, it can be seen that there are several differences between them and these difference...

December 23, 2018

'Tis the season for planning how we'll improve ourselves in 2019! If your new year resolutions include improving your physical condition, being more present in daily life, or making new, interesting friends, then beginning to study the traditional Japanese martial art...

December 21, 2018

Karate-Do literally means “the way of Karate.” The two Chinese
characters making up the word Karate (空手) translate to “empty hand.”
“Kara” connotes “emptiness,” but can also mean “sky,” which
symbolically refers to the universe or nature. “Kara” also means
“absence of...

November 1, 2018


Top-level athletes across North America will travel to New Orleans to demonstrate their practiced technique and strong spirit in hopes of winning the gold.

Come watch competitors from youth to collegiate, young adults to super seniors, compete in the 2018 JKA/AF N...

September 6, 2018

Leilani Heno fell in love with the mindfulness and physical aspects of karate when she began training at LKA in 2009, and recently earned her nidan (2nd degree black belt) this summer at the Japan Karate Association/American Federation National Training Camp in Metairi...

July 21, 2018

Daryl Rappold was only 10 years old when he started training in Johnny Caluda’s youth class at the original LKA dojo on Metairie Road. As he advanced up the ranks and began to train with Sensei Mikami, he gained insights that went beyond karate. “I always remember Sens...

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